scruple: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (skr'pul), [key]
— n., v., -pled, -pling.
- a moral or ethical consideration or standard that acts as a restraining force or inhibits certain actions.
- a very small portion or amount.
- a unit of weight equal to 20 grains (1.295 grams) or of a dram, apothecaries' weight.
- an ancient Roman unit of weight equivalent to of an ounce or of an as or pound. Cf. (def. 2).
- to have scruples.
- to have scruples about; hesitate at.
- scruple (Thesaurus)